Mr. Guidall always differentiates his characters so well that you know who is speaking without the tags. His delivery is relaxed, unaffected, and very intelligible. He is my favorite narrator.
The story is very engaging until it ends, very abruptly. It is so bad that it spoils the book.
There are only so many books a person has time for and so many that are better than this one. It isn't awful, it just isn't worth the time. The composition leans more heavily toward screenplay than most and the reader does not make much distinction between characters. If the sound of the reader turning the pages bothers you, skip this one.
An intricate story told in foreshadow and flashback, advancing the narrative ever so slightly over so very long in clock time of listening. The three stars is because of the abuse of my patience. The story is very good, the reader is amazingly flexible - all those different characters. I can't believe such an imaginative and capable author could not have crafted a more tolerable and less tedious length.
That was fun!
We just finished the book and couldn't wait to add our voices to the chorus of approbation. It is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of history, travelogue, who-done-it, and fantasy which would be an enjoyable read. The narrator's performance takes it over the top. Thank you all for a delightful 10 hours of top notch entertainment.
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